CVC to get an overhaul
By SALLY GORDON
MOVES to refine the structure of the Clarence Valley Council and planned prioritisation of projects are anticipated to keep council's 2006/2007 financial budget in a healthy state.
During the next year or so council staffing will be put under the microscope in a bid to redefine the make-up of the organisation.
Mayor Ian Tiley said the current structure, handed to the amalgamated council in 2004, was no longer suitable for the Valley council.
Council's General Manager, Stuart McPherson, has been charged with reviewing the organisation's structure to maximise council's services on the ground and maintain a balanced budget.
Cr Tiley said streamlining council's structure would in turn pick up the organisation's $885,000 budget deficit for 2006/2007.
"We've instructed the General Manager to review the structure and look at refining it so that it is more appropriate to council," Cr Tiley said.
"Council is not looking at sacking people; there is a structure that exists where there are many positions that haven't been filled, and it's a process of looking at unfilled positions to decide what really needs to be filled and in that process we'll pick up the deficit."
Between now and the end of the year, council also will produce reports to prioritise works for the Valley.
The mayor said that during budget preparations council initially was faced with a project 'wish list' that exceeded their income by almost $11 million.
He said council management identified items that could be omitted, reducing costs to the current deficit figure.
Plans to make changes to the council body follow comments from Maclean councillor Chris Gulaptis, who recently denounced the structure of the amalgamated council.
Cr Gulaptis was quoted as saying the current structure of the four-inone council was unsustainable.
"The (amalgamated) structure was approved by the administrator, developed by the acting general manager and approved by the administrator without community input," Cr Gulaptis said. "It's a very cumbersome vehicle to deliver services when you're in a state of flux, with a new organisational structure that's not completely full and the old one that's still in existence."